Kim Kardashian, Bill Hader, Allison Janney, Zach Galifianakis and others will audibly appear in cartoon comedies
This fall, Fox’s animated comedies will welcome a slew of A-list guest voice talent.
Liam Neeson, Julie Bowen, Key & Peele, Kim Kardashian, Bill Hader, Allison Janney, as well as Zach Galifianakis, Jane Fonda, Willem Dafoe, Nick Offerman, Kevin Kline, Megan Mullally and Aziz Ansari will all be heard in cartoon form this fall.
Alison Janney capped off a season of pulling double-TV duty by scoring double Emmy nominations.
The veteran actress kicked off the season in the CBS sitcom “Mom,” in which she plays a struggling alcoholic attempting to reconnect with her daughter (Anna Faris). Across the dial, she had a guest role on the Showtime drama “Masters of Sex,” where she played an unfulfilled wife who discovers her husband (Beau Bridges) is gay.
And, on Thursday, received word she had been nominated for both.
BIG Congrats to Allison, nominated for both Mom and Masters of Sex!
What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
The hardest thing was getting used to show’s night tapings in front of a live studio audience. As a performer I’ve rehearsed plays and put the finished product up in front of an audience. In a half-hour comedy, you show the audience the rehearsal — all your mess-ups, your bad takes — they see everything warts and all. It was hard for me to let go of that desire to be perfect.
What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
I really enjoyed the episode when Anna and I had to go through the prosthetic makeup process to age ourselves … it was a lot of fun. And I gotta say, old Janney didn’t look so bad.
MONDAY, SEPT. 29
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06-19: 4TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS
Double winners included Janney, who also picked up Best Guest Performance FX-logoin a Drama Series for Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; Breaking Bad, which also scored a supporting actor nod for Aaron Paul; Fox/National Geographic’s science lesson Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which took Best Reality Series and Reality Series Host for Neil deGrasse Tyson; and HBO’s The Normal Heart, winner for Best Movie and Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for Matt Bomer. Ryan Murphy took home the group’s Louis XIII Genius Award, which honors a TV icon.
Variety: Allison, what about “Mom”?
Janney: I had been looking for a half-hour comedy. It’s the one format and genre that I hadn’t really done before, and it appealed to me because of the schedule and working in front of a live audience. I thought that was a perfect amalgamation of all the different ways I’ve worked. It sounded like a good fit for me. I knew Chuck (Lorre) was doing it, and I’d wanted to work with him before. I had gone to see a psychic right after “West Wing” and she said you’re going to do something big with “CL.” I did this development deal with him and it didn’t go, and I was like, “She was wrong! I hate psychics!” And then (“Mom” came along and) I was like, “She was right!” but that’s not why I jumped in. It was because of Chuck, and the pilot was funny, and I love Anna. She’s a delightful, perfect co-star for me. She has the same sort of work ethic that I do and is nice and treats everyone well. I just like to be on sets where people are nice to each other and respectful of what everyone does. And Bonnie with the backdrop of her alcoholism and recovery — I’ve dealt with that in my life with my family and friends and felt very comfortable portraying a woman who is dealing with that. I am a recoveree myself.
And with “Masters of Sex,” I got a phone call from Michelle Ashford and Sarah Timberman, and I thought these are the kind of people I want to play with as an actor. I was a little afraid of doing the nudity but it’s just so funny. Things have always come to me late in life. I’ve been a late bloomer for everything. My career didn’t start until I was 38. I’m getting offered sex scenes at 50. Seriously? I guess I’m in better shape now than I was in my 20s so let’s do it and just pray that the d.p., Michael Weaver, lights me well and my mom and dad are doing something else at that time.
An awesome new interview with Allison is featured in the new issue of CBS Watch – read it on CBS Watch Website